Happy New Year 2013!

Today marks the beginning of a new year! New dreams, new goals, new ambitions…a fresh start! Here is a poem I found that says it all so well.

What amazing gifts the new year brings!

An entire year’s worth of wonderful opportunities,

given to us one sunrise at a time.

Many of the moments ahead will be marvelously disguised as

ordinary days, but each one of us has the chance

to make something extraordinary out of them.

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life.

The secret of success is turning that diary

into the best story that you possibly can. Have pages on

understanding and tales of overcoming hardships.

Fill your story with enthusiasm, adventure, learning and laughter.

And make each chapter reflect time doing these things:

Follow your dreams. Work hard. Be kind. Do what you can

to make the door open on a day that is filled with inspiration

in some special way. Remember: Goodness will be rewarded.

Smiles will pay you back. Have fun. Find Strength. Be truthful. Have faith.

Don’t focus on anything you lack. Realize that people

are the treasures in life, and happiness is the real wealth.

Have a diary that describes how you are doing your best, and…

the rest will take care of itself.

By~ Douglas Pagels


Today we say goodbye to James. He flies back to Japan today. It was so wonderful having everyone home over the holidays but it always comes time to say goodbye…this part is always so difficult for me! But you never know just maybe we will see James the end of March on our way back to China. We just may have to go via Japan…just maybe…

On New Year’s Day, one of my favorite things to do is take an early morning walk on Crescent Beach.

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Happy New Year from the beautiful Crescent Beach in Nova Scotia, Canada!

It was such a beautiful morning for a drive.

Enjoy your first day of a brand new year!


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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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